Over 800 people signed our online and paper petition that we launched back in February. We deliberately ran it for a short time period to highlight just how much support there is to submit the Council’s bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The bid represents the best opportunity to preserve the building for swimming – abandoning it virtually condemns the building to closure as soon as any problems arise. We maintain that £3 million match funding from the Council in order to receive a further £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund is money well spent. Mothballing the site would have a much higher economic and social cost in the long run.
Eventually we have received acknowledgement of the petitions by the Council, but we have yet to receive a formal response to the issues that we raised. We are of the understanding that a smaller bid is being compiled, but we have not got the full details of this yet.